The Port of Antwerp-Bruges and PSA Antwerp has given the official green light for the renewal of the quayside and terminal at Europa Terminal. The work, which will take about nine years and be carried out in three phases, will ensure that the latest generation of container ships can continue to call on Antwerp. These renovations will also result in an efficient and sustainable terminal that contributes to the transition towards a climate-neutral port.
In order to remain a top-class world port, the port must be able to offer its customers a well-functioning infrastructure and additional container capacity. The Port of Antwerp-Bruges and PSA Antwerp are therefore investing in the renewal of the Europa Terminal. It was officially inaugurated in 1990 as the first tidal container terminal in Antwerp. With the renewal, which will cost 335 million euros, the Port of Antwerp-Bruges aims to strengthen its competitive position while taking steps towards becoming a sustainable port.
Work is carried out in three phases to keep the terminal operational.
The depth of vessels that can moor at the 1,200-metre quayside will be increased from 13.5 meters to 16 meters. Because ships must be able to continue to moor during the extensive works and in order to minimize operational impact, they are tackling the quayside in three major phases. In addition, they will create additional temporary moorings for inland navigation, so they can guarantee that their customers will receive a smooth service. The works will be spread over about nine years and has been carefully plotted based on expected traffic in the coming years.
Attention to climate and the environment
The renovation of the terminal will also contribute to the transition towards a climate-neutral port. Electrification and other optimizations will reduce CO2 emissions per container by 50%, and wind turbines will increase the share of renewable energy.
The new quayside will be given a new orientation to ensure sufficient distance between passing ships and the terminal and to protect the nearby Galgenschoor nature reserve. The work includes the construction of an underwater dam to provide additional protection for the nature reserve in the final phase and ensure it does not subside.
During the entire process, all parties involved will take the necessary measures to minimize the disruption in close consultation with the surrounding area.
Following a tender process, the contract for the works was concluded with a Temporary Company of four contractors, namely Artes-Roegiers, Artes-Depret, Herbosch-Kiere, and Boskalis, all contractors with extensive experience in large-scale hydraulic engineering projects.